- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Matt Shoemaker did not allow a run for the third straight outing and had nothing to show for it. Neither did the Los Angeles Angels.

Shoemaker scattered five hits over six innings Tuesday night and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts - one night after teammate Garrett Richards equaled his career best with 11 Ks. But Cam Bedrosian gave up a two-run homer in the 12th to Cleveland Indians No.9 hitter Giovanny Urshela, and the Angels lost 2-0 after Carlos Carrasco one-hit them through the first nine.

“We didn’t get many pitches to hit,” said Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun, who struck out three times against Carrasco and once again in the 12th against Cody Allen. “Carrasco located 97 miles an hour all night right where he wanted to. He had great off-speed stuff, so he’s tough.”

Shoemaker has pitched 19 consecutive innings without giving up a run, and has allowed no more than two in any of his last six starts for a 1.49 ERA during that stretch. He struck out rookie Francisco Lindor with runners at first and second to end the third inning, then fanned him again with the bases loaded to end the fifth after a two-out walk to Jose Ramirez.

Michael Brantley led off the Cleveland fourth with a line drive off the 18-foot wall in right field and tried to stretch it into a double. But Calhoun played the carom perfectly and made a strong throw that shortstop Erick Aybar short-hopped before making a lunging tag on the runner.

“Kole had just that unbelievable play that one inning to keep him off second base. That was huge for us in that situation,” Shoemaker said.

Lonnie Chisenhall led off the Cleveland 12th with a single against Jose Alvarez (2-3), who was working his third inning of relief. Bedrosian replaced him and got two outs before Urshela drove a 1-0 pitch into the lower seats in the left field corner for his fourth homer after starting the road trip 1 for 20.

“He’s still been swinging the bat pretty well, and it doesn’t look like he’s been pressing at the plate,” Indians first baseman Jerry Sands said. “Tonight he got a pitch and he didn’t miss it. It was a big boost for us. I wish we could have gotten Carlos a win out of that, but he pitched his tail off and set it up for our bullpen guys.”

Zach McAllister pitched one inning for the victory and Allen notched his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Carrasco struck out seven, including Calhoun with the potential winning run at second base to end the ninth.

“I was just trying to get that out right there because I didn’t want to face Trout in that situation, and I got it done,” Carrasco said. “That was a lot of fun. But the most important thing for me was to get deep into the game and try to give us an opportunity to win.”

Last Thursday at Oakland, the 28-year-old right-hander from Venezuela pitched a two-hitter and retired his final 16 batters in a 3-1 victory.

“Carrasco has a great arm and he was really pounding the zone, changing speeds well, had that explosive fastball,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Maybe we hit three, four balls on the screws. But outside of that - I mean, we went through the game one-hit against him.”

The Angels didn’t get their first baserunner until reigning AL MVP Mike Trout drew a two-out walk in the fourth. That ended a string of 27 consecutive batters retired by Carrasco - the equivalent of a perfect game - since his one-out walk to Brett Lawrie in the fourth inning at Oakland.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver, who hasn’t pitched for the club since June 20 because of inflammation in his left hip, made his second start for Class A Inland Empire on Tuesday night. He threw 84 pitches in 5 2-3, giving up three runs and two homers while striking out five against Lake Elsinore.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (9-6) is looking to win consecutive starts for the first time since beating Minnesota, Detroit and Kansas City in his first three outings of the season. Last Friday, he yielded an unearned run over eight innings and just one hit - a third-inning single by Eric Sogard - in a 2-1 victory at Oakland.

Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (7-5) has pitched only five innings in each of his last three starts, including an 11-1 win over Boston on July 20, when he threw 114 pitches and struck out 10. In that game, he gave up a leadoff single in the sixth before coming out.


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